So you've just received your room assignment for the upcoming fall...what do you do next?
Don't always judge a book by its cover
The absolute first thing you will do once you receive your housing assignment will be to immediately check out your roommate. Delve into their lives through any sort of social media, Google searches, anything you can find. Just because you've seen everything the internet has to offer about your new friend does not mean you know who they are by any means. So, in midst of all your Facebook creeping remember to keep an open mind and don't let their profile formulate an opinion about the person prior to even meeting them.
Find their contact informationAbsolutely do not hesitate to contact your new roommate, you may be nervous at first but it's a must. Of course it will always start out extremely awkward with basic questions like "so what did you do for fun in high school?" "Did you play any sports?" and a hundred other random questions. You should really try to escalate the conversation after some time and actually get to know them. After all, you're going to be spending nine long months trapped in a small room with this person. Make sure you pick up on things like how they like to spend their weekends, if they're alright with having other friends over, what their sleep schedule is like, etc.
Who's bringing what?This could be the most important conversation you have before move-in day. Sorting out the who has what and who should buy this can make your life a whole lot easier and cheaper. Items to collectively think about:
- Futon/Couch (Highly recommend you don't bring a couch, as it is impossible to move in and out)
- Gaming System or DVD player
Other than those big items, the rest should be planned on your own. Yes, maybe some stuff will overlap but you would certainly rather have more than less. Make sure to have a checklist of materials when shopping, this will make it less stressful come the first day of school. Also, enjoy the "newness" experience that comes with college and a random roommate. They don't always have to be your best friend, sometimes it's just easier living with someone who you can tolerate and never have a problem with.